No Surprise Here: Belcher’s Brain Reportedly Had Signs of CTE

ESPN’s Outside the Lines has reported that the brain of former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, the 25-year-old player who shot and killed his girlfriend in 2012 before committing suicide, exhibited signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.


“Dr. Piotr Kozlowski writes that he detected neurofibrillary tangles of tau protein,” according to the article. “The tangles were distributed throughout Belcher’s hippocampus, an area of the brain involved with memory, learning and emotion.”


Attorney Dirk Vandever, who is representing Belcher’s family, provided no comment as to why his law firm released Kozlowski’s findings. “Outside the Lines” said it requested copies of images of Belcher’s brain to send to another neuropathologist for independent analysis, but that request was denied.


The article noted the importance of the findings.


“If it can be shown that Belcher did have CTE, Belcher’s daughter and mother, together, would be eligible for up to $4 million under the proposed concussion settlement between the NFL and former players,” according to ESPN. “Furthermore, the lawyers representing Belcher’s daughter have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Chiefs on her behalf. Belcher’s mother, with different attorneys, filed an almost identical suit.”


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